Post by Thandie
I’ve never felt entirely comfortable ‘wrapped’…except at night, when I wear a scarf around my head to keep hair off my face. It’s something I strongly associate with my Mum who did the same. But during the day? God knows what the nuns at my school would have said if I’d arrived ‘wrapped’ – they might have called the police – heh heh.
Most women in my top 10 admiration list have featured head wraps – Chimamanda, Maya, Zadie, Ntozake – and they look divine. I guess I don’t feel confident enough to pull it off. But in life I DO use my hair like it’s fabric…I’ll roll it, pile it, bunch it, fold it… and this week I happened on my first casual DAYTIME mini wrap!
When I saw them I bought a bunch for my night time head wrapping. The gorgeous prints are to dye for (sorry) – in beautiful, natural pigments.
I’m drawn to the blues – indigo, denim, cornflower, powder.
And this ‘mini wrap’ is the simplest solution on a dodgy hair (alarm-clock-didn’t-go-off) day.
Throw in a few braids.
Wrap your Tenugui around the back of your head, enfolding your braids, with the fabric ends roughly where you want your ‘knot’.
Literally tie a knot (if your hair is short your Tenugui will provide enough length)
Tuck the ends in (hair and Tenugui) and arrange the knot to your liking.
And that, is IT! So cute, and a subtle variation to the full wrap and pile of fabric. This feels more like a hair ‘accent’ or accessory, and I really like seeing the braids bound together with the fabric, rather than completely hidden inside it.
The key is the size -35cm by 90cm. But if you love Tenugui’s like I do you can order on line, or there’s bound to be a store near you if you bounce into Google. I did a quick search and I like the look of ones at Rikumo.
Thandie Newton’s Hair